Extra staff called in to Royal A&E

Published Monday, 24 February 2014
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The Belfast Trust has said that there have been pressures on emergency departments across Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, including at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

Extra staff called in to Royal A&E
Ambulances wait outside the Royal Victoria's Accident and Emergency Department. (© UTV)

In a statement, the trust said that there are no plans to call a major incident, but "several escalation measures" have been put in place.

These include "opening more beds throughout the Trust and calling in extra staff."

"We are monitoring the situation very closely on an almost hourly basis and hope to see an improvement in the next few hours," the statement concluded.

In January, a major incident was declared at the Royal when an extreme backlog caused 12-hour trolley waits requiring extra staff to be called in, and sparking a protest by union workers.

Also that month, official figures revealed that waiting times had increased at the hospital's A&E department.

Between October and December 2013, the number of patients that waited longer than 12 hours in emergency departments in NI more than doubled from 77 to 168. The statistics noted that, in particular, performance declined markedly at the Royal Victoria Hospital between that period with the figure jumping from 21 to 79.

The current ministerial target for emergency care waiting times states that no patient attending any A&E department should wait more than 12 hours to be either treated and discharged, or admitted.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Hardly ever sick in South Belfast wrote (336 days ago):
I was shocked and dismayed that a Consultant from the Royal said that 80% of patients attending A&E at weekends were in due to drink or drugs related illness. Throw these people into a cell the way they used to in years gone by to sleep it off and stop clogging up the system for people that are genuinely sick. A cell would be a lot cheaper to run than an emergency hospital bed and would not require the services of a health professional.
Peter in ballinderry wrote (337 days ago):
No mention of the health minister?
Carrickfergus in Carrickfergus wrote (337 days ago):
Just been to the Royal with my partner and she was in A an E. for 24 hours before a bed was found for her, can't blame staff they are great but something needs to be done,why do people have to suffer because of money?
Exhausted nurse! in RVH wrote (337 days ago):
Time this was sorted! Burn't out .com
Anon in Belfast wrote (337 days ago):
To get beds available the patients on the wards are being pushed out when they are neither fit nor well enough to be discharged or transferred! The pressure on the ward staff is crazy!
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